Aunt: Jayme Closs escaped, found woman walking dog

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was taken into custody shortly after 13-year-old Jayme Closs sought help from a woman walking her dog in a rural, heavily wooded Wisconsin neighbourhood near the small town of Gordon, about 60 miles north of Barron.

Douglas County Sheriff Thomas Dalbec said at a news conference Friday that Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested Thursday after Jayme Closs was found near Gordon, where Patterson lives.

Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who was missing since October, has been found alive in Wisconsin.

Fitzgerald said Patterson apparently kept Jayme captive at the remote home in Gordon before she was able to escape.

On Thursday evening the Barron County Sheriff's Department was notified by the Douglas CO WI Sheriff's Department that they had located Jayme Closs alive. And officials say she immediately helped law enforcement arrest her alleged captor.

Patterson does not have a criminal history. After she was found, she was taken to the hospital, examined and held overnight for observation. She asks people to continue to pray for "Jayme's well-being and our families healing".

Douglas County deputies later located a vehicle matching description of the suspect's auto provided by Closs, pulled Patterson over and arrested him.

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said Thursday night he was overjoyed at learning she is alive.

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The Star Tribune said Closs's aunt Sue Allard sobbed upon hearing news that the teen had been found. He wrote that he had no additional details to report, but has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Friday in Barron. "I've been in the dumpster for three months". "I knew it was her the second she walked in the door".

Kasinskas, a teacher in the Northwood School District, said she was aware of the traumatic background surrounding Closs' disappearance.

Details of the case indicated that the teenager had been snatched minutes after an intruder came into the house and murdered her parents, damaging little else in the family home.

Jayme Closs has been missing since her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot on October 15 at the family's home near Barron.

Jayme escaped from the suspect's home, authorities said, but the circumstances in which she did so were not released.

Both the woman and the neighbour recognised Jayme from the massive publicity the case has drawn, authorities said.

"He concealed his identity and concealed her from other people also", Fitzgerald said.

Elizabeth Smart, rescued nine months after being abducted while a teen from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, called the result "a miracle". As they waited for authorities, Jayme declined food and water, and instead met the family's puppy. "I just can't wait".

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